When something is important to women, we share! I’m certain the world felt the collective ripple of women united the day this research article hit social media. The Huffington Post reported on Oxford University research declaring that women are happier when 2 nights per week are spent out with girlfriends. Heck yes!
That’s the research I’m talking about.
Women share the good and important.
For a solid week, this article was splattered all over every social media channel. When something resonates with women… watch out world.
Call your clan!
Text your tribe!
It’s the Sisterhood Shout-out!
We are improving our Happy Factor!
Women are the most relational of all creation. We know we were never meant to journey alone (…even to the bathroom). We are happiest when we are with our people!
Our Tribe impacts our happiness.
The research clearly states a direct link between the quality of our lives and the quality of our tribe. When our tribe consists of the people meant for us, they can see our greatness even when we are unable to see it for ourselves. Our tribe can instantly speak life into the darkest areas of our soul by uttering two simple words, “Me, too.” (complimented with a few glasses of wine always helps too!)
God purposefully places our tribe into our lives to be His hands and feet in a messy, broken world. He called us together for oneness, understanding, and encouragement. We need the voices of those that have paved paths or have crossed bridges of uncertainty, and are willing to positively help others, like us, along the way. More times than I can count, I’ve been comforted by the words “Me too”, in moments of desperation and felt encouraged to keep on going.
It’s important to realize that the people in our tribe may change. Unfortunately, in my years, some have chosen to pursue a toxic lifestyle, or have become a toxic influence in my life. Some have chosen to move on by allowing distance and time to come before our relationship. And, to be honest, I’ve been refined and molded by my own life journey. In hindsight, every single person that I’ve been blessed enough to know deeply, has profoundly impacted my life for the better. I am who I am because of each one of them.
How does our Tribe impact our happiness?
The research states two essential elements that support and improve the “Happy Factor”.
- Our core tribe typically consists of 4 people. There is an unspoken connection and sense of oneness within a group of 4. Now, more than 4 may be within your tribe; however, when meeting for a beer, a glass of wine, or going for a walk on the beach, being in a group of 4 provides the best atmosphere for feeling happy.
- Meeting TWICE per week created the optimal opportunity for maintaining the feeling of happiness. Women need this time to be heard and understood. Often this is the missing element in discussions with our boyfriends, fiancés, or husbands. Our men want to find the solution and go into action… we just want to converse and ramble and discuss and… use a lot of words!
Why should we be intentional with ourTribe?
Women need to be well-integrated into a larger social network, yet the core 4 is the most suitable size for the regenerative benefits for personal growth and improved quality of life. As mentioned earlier, being aware that our tribe will evolve and change over the years also means that we need to be intentional about who we spend our time with.
Personally, I am a ‘learn-from-the-past-keep-moving-forward’ sort of person. Therefore, I thrive in a tribe of growth-minded women. Qualities I am drawn to are:
What are important qualities to your tribe? Being intentional with our tribe, our marriage, our family, and our lives is the best action we can take to live a purposed-filled life.
Near or far, local or online, connected into a larger network of growth minded women is significant to our lives. Through our social networks, we will find our tribe and experience the improved ‘Happy Factor’. To be honest, if we’re going to be guinea pigs in a grand experiment – this may be one of the best ones!
Call your clan!
Text your tribe!
It’s time for YOUR Sisterhood Shout-out!
Improve YOUR Happy Factor this week!
Those connected to our souls are the very humans that celebrate life with us, and keep our hearts beating through the tough days. We need one another!
If you’re open to an online network of women to grow forward with, join us on Facebook – Fiercely In Love with Karen M. Pierce.